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|Next election = [[United_States_Senate_elections_in_Illinois,_2014| November 4, 2014]]
 
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|Prior office = U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois, District 20
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|Prior office = [[U.S. House]] Illinois District 20
 
|Prior office years = January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1997
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin''' (b. December 11, 1943, in East St. Louis, Illinois) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] for the state of [[Illinois]]. Additionally, Durbin serves as the Senate Majority Whip. He was first elected to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 1996.<ref name="bioguide"/>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin''' (b. December 11, 1943, in East St. Louis, [[Illinois|IL]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] for the state of [[Illinois]]. Durbin serves as the Senate Majority Whip. He was first elected to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 1996.<ref name="bioguide"/>
  
Durbin previously was a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] representing [[Illinois]]' District 20 from 1983 to 1997.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=D000563 ''Bioguide'' "Richard Durbin" Accessed June 21, 2013]</ref> He attempted a run for the [[Illinois State Senate]] in 1976 and for [[Illinois Lieutenant Governor|Lieutenant Governor]] in 1978.
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Durbin previously was a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from District 20 from 1983 to 1997.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=D000563 ''Bioguide'', "Richard Durbin," accessed June 21, 2013]</ref> He attempted a run for the [[Illinois State Senate]] in 1976 and for [[Illinois Lieutenant Governor|Lieutenant Governor]] in 1978.
  
Durbin is a member of the group of senators deemed the "[[Gang of Eight]]." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential [[U.S. Senate|Senators]] on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.<ref name="abc"> [http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/meet-gang-senators-immigration-reform-include-marco-rubio/story?id=18348317#.UYkjZ0oYkfg ''ABC News'' "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?" Accessed May 7, 2013]</ref>
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He {{2014isrunning}} for re-election to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2014.<ref>[http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Senator-Dick-Durbin-Confirms-Run-for-Re-Election-196705381.html ''NBC News'', "Sen. Durbin Confirms Run for Re-Election," accessed October 8, 2013]</ref>
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He is a member of the group of senators deemed the "[[Gang of Eight]]." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential [[U.S. Senate|Senators]] on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.<ref name="abc"> [http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/meet-gang-senators-immigration-reform-include-marco-rubio/story?id=18348317#.UYkjZ0oYkfg ''ABC News'', "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?," accessed May 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Durbin was born in East St. Louis, Illinois in 1943.
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Durbin was born in East St. Louis, [[Illinois|IL]], in 1943.
 
*Education
 
*Education
 
** Assumption High School (1962)
 
** Assumption High School (1962)
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*1983-1997: [[U.S. House of Representatives]] Illinois, 20th District
 
*1983-1997: [[U.S. House of Representatives]] Illinois, 20th District
 
*1997-Present: [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]]
 
*1997-Present: [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]]
**2005-Present:Senate Democratic Whip  
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**2005-Present: Senate Democratic Whip  
 
**2007-Present: The Democratic Party obtained a majority, making Durbin the Senate Majority Whip.
 
**2007-Present: The Democratic Party obtained a majority, making Durbin the Senate Majority Whip.
  
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===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Durbin serves on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'' "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013]</ref>:
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Durbin serves on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 18, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments ''United States Senate'', "Dick Durbin Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014]</ref>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations]]
 
**Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies  
 
**Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies  
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**Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
 
**Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
 
**Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights ''Chair''
 
**Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights ''Chair''
**Bankruptcy and the Courts subcommittee
 
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations|Foreign Relations Committee]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations|Foreign Relations Committee]]
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
* [[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations]]<ref name="committees"> [http://durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments ''About Dick Durbin--U.S. Senator Dick Durbin'' "Committee Assignments" Accessed October 14, 2011] </ref>
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* [[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations]]<ref name="committees">[http://durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments ''About Dick Durbin--U.S. Senator Dick Durbin'', "Committee Assignments," accessed October 14, 2011]</ref>
 
**Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
 
**Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
 
**Subcommittee on Defense
 
**Subcommittee on Defense
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration]]<ref name="committees"/>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration]]<ref name="committees"/>
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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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===National security===
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====Committee vote on Syria====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Dem Foreign Relations Committee Yes|Name=Durbin}}
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====John Brennan CIA nomination====
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{{Support vote}} Durbin voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26847/dick-durbin#.Ul7gT1N0I7I ''Project Vote Smart'', "Dick Durbin Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Economy===
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====Farm bill====
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{{Senate Farm Bill Dem Yes|Name=Durbin}}
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====2014 Budget====
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{{Senate Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Durbin}}
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Support vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Durbin voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov'', "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====Statement on government shutdown====
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:: See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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Discussing the possibility of a government shutdown, Durbin said on September 26, 2013,“If the House decides over the weekend come Friday, Saturday, whatever it is, that they’re going to give us a new bill to consider in the Senate: That is a concession on their part that we are going to shut down the government. A clean CR is the only way to meet this deadline."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/dems-no-obamacare-concessions-97412.html#ixzz2g3WYbtPb ''Politico'', "Dems: No Obamacare concessions," accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>
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====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013====
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{{Support vote}} Durbin voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref name="votes"/>
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====2013 Senate Budget Proposal====
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{{Support vote}} Durbin voted in favor of the 2013 [[United States Senate|Senate]] Budget Proposal.<ref name="votes"/> On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Durbin was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.<ref name="votes"/>
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The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.
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The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.
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The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.
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The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.
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===Immigration===
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====Mexico-U.S. border====
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{{Oppose vote}} Durbin voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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===Social issues===
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====Violence Against Women (2013)====
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{{Support vote}} Durbin voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref name="votes"/>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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Durbin voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate''m "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Gang of Eight===
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
Durbin is a member of the group of senators deemed the "[[Gang of Eight]]." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential [[U.S. Senate|Senators]] on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.<ref name="abc"> [http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/meet-gang-senators-immigration-reform-include-marco-rubio/story?id=18348317#.UYkjZ0oYkfg ''ABC News'' "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?" Accessed May 7, 2013]</ref> The group calls for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration legislation that includes their "four basic pillars":
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[[File:s060_040.gif|right|290px|thumb|Dick Durbin's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Durbin is a '''Moderate Liberal.''' Durbin received a score of 36 percent on social issues and 64 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Durbin|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://Senate.OnTheIssues.org/Senate/Richard_Durbin.htm ''On The Issues'', "Dick Durbin Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Favors
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|Hiring= Favors
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|Marriage= Favors
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|God= Strongly Opposes
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|ObamaCare=Opposes
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|Social Security= Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals=Strongly Opposes
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|Crime= Opposes
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|Guns= Strongly Opposes
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|Taxes=Opposes
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|Citizenship=Opposes
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|Free Trade= Strongly Opposes
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|United Nations=Strongly Opposes
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|Military=Strongly Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Opposes
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|Iran=Opposes
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|Energy=Opposes
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|Marijuana=Opposes
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|Stimulus=Opposes
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}}
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===National security===
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====NSA programs====
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Durbin announced on August 2, 2013, that the [[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations|Senate Appropriations Committee]] had approved a measure that would require the NSA to make public declarations about its program.<ref name="nsa">[http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/08/02/198458/no-2-senate-democrat-joins-calls.html#.Uf-8n6zmRqN ''McClatchy DC'', "High-ranking Senate Democrat joins calls to disclose NSA collection programs," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref> Durbin, who is the assistant [[United States Senate|Senate]] majority leader and the chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said the measure was inserted into a Defense Department spending bill.<ref name="nsa"/> A spokesman for Durbin called it the first legislative action a congressional committee has approved since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s data collection program.<ref name="nsa"/>
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Durbin’s measure struck a balance between a growing call for curbs on the NSA program and a reluctance on the part of the [[Barack Obama|Obama administration]] and [[Congress|congressional leaders]] to sharply limit it.<ref name="nsa"/> Unlike a narrowly defeated measure in the [[U.S. House|House]] that would have barred the NSA from spending any money on the program, effectively killing it, Durbin’s proposal would allow it to continue but would require that the agency make public more information on the program, which the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.<ref name="nsa"/>
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The measure requires the agency to report the number of phone records it gathered and to make public the details of any other bulk data-collection programs it operates, including when they began, how much they cost and what types of records are being collected and to list any terrorist plots that the programs have thwarted.<ref name="nsa"/>
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===Immigration===
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====Reduce deportations====
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*Durbin urged [[U.S. Department of Homeland Security|Homeland Security Secretary]] [[Jeh Johnson]] and other administration officials in March 2014 to reduce the number of deportations of immigrants who are in the country illegally.<ref name="deport"/>
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**“If we’re dealing with strictly technical violations of immigration law, I don’t believe they should be deported. If there’s a criminal record, it’s totally different,” Durbin said.<ref name="deport">[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/deportations-dick-durbin-bob-menendez-104310.html#ixzz2vmKMgVmj ''Politico'', "2 senators seek fewer deportations," accessed March 12, 2014]</ref>
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====Gang of Eight====
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Durbin is a member of the group of senators deemed the "[[Gang of Eight]]." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential [[U.S. Senate|Senators]] on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.<ref name="abc"> [http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/meet-gang-senators-immigration-reform-include-marco-rubio/story?id=18348317#.UYkjZ0oYkfg ''ABC News'', "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?," accessed May 7, 2013]</ref> The group called for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration legislation that are included as their "four basic pillars":
 
*1. A “tough but fair path to citizenship . . . .contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country as required”;
 
*1. A “tough but fair path to citizenship . . . .contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country as required”;
 
*2. Reform our legal immigration system with a greater eye toward our economic needs;  
 
*2. Reform our legal immigration system with a greater eye toward our economic needs;  
 
*3. Workplace verification; and
 
*3. Workplace verification; and
*4. Setting up a system for admitting future workers (although the term “guest worker” is not used).<ref name="post">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/01/28/gang-of-8-immigration-plan-reality-based-legislating/ ''Washington Post'' "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" Accessed May 7, 2013]</ref>
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*4. Setting up a system for admitting future workers (although the term “guest worker” is not used).<ref name="post">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/01/28/gang-of-8-immigration-plan-reality-based-legislating/ ''Washington Post'', "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating," accessed May 7, 2013]</ref>
  
===Senate Judiciary Committee===
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===Social issues===
Dick Durbin was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn in on January of 1997 and served until 1999.<ref name="membership">[http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/PreviousCommitteeMembership.cfm "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of past members]</ref>  Durbin was re-appointed to the committee in 2001 when the Democrats regained control of the Senate after the 2000 elections.<ref name="membership" />  The Illinois Senator has been on the committee since then and has continued a long period of representation on the powerful committee for the State of Illinois.<ref name="membership" />  Former Senator Paul Simon served on the committee from 1985 to 1997 before Dick Durbin became Senator.  The other influential Illinois Senator to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee was Everett Dirksen who served on the committee from 1955 to 1969.<ref name="membership" />
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====Violence Against Women (2013)====
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{{Support vote}} Durbin voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref name="votes"/>
  
Senator Durbin serves as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. Durbin also serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Crime and Drugs, The Constitution, Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, Terrorism and Homeland Security.<ref>[http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/subcommittees/ "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees]</ref>
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====Gun control====
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Following the September 16, 2013, shooting at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard, Durbin introduced the possibility of debate over gun control reform.<ref name="gun">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/09/17/durbin-raises-gun-debate-in-response-to-navy-yard-shooting/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''Washington Post'', "Durbin raises gun debate in response to Navy Yard shooting," accessed September 17, 2013]</ref> During a [[United States Senate|Senate]] floor speech, Durbin said that Americans agree that some "common sense" changes are needed to prevent mentally ill people from obtaining firearms.<ref name="gun"/>
  
===Transparency in NSA programs===
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"Those sorts of things might have been warning signals. Questions are raised: How can a man with that kind of a background end up getting the necessary security clearance for a military contractor to go into this Navy Yard, to be permitted to go into this Navy Yard? How did he get these weapons into the Navy Yard?" Durbin said.<ref name="gun"/>
Durbin announced on August 2, 2013, that the [[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations|Senate Appropriations Committee]] had approved a measure that would require the NSA to make public declarations about its program.<ref name="nsa">[http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/08/02/198458/no-2-senate-democrat-joins-calls.html#.Uf-8n6zmRqN ''McClatchy DC'' "High-ranking Senate Democrat joins calls to disclose NSA collection programs" Accessed August 5, 2013]</ref> Durbin, who is the assistant [[United States Senate|Senate]] majority leader and the chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said the measure was inserted into a Defense Department spending bill.<ref name="nsa"/> A spokesman for Durbin called it the first legislative action a congressional committee has approved since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s data collection program.<ref name="nsa"/>
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Durbin’s measure strikes a delicate balance between a growing call for curbs on the NSA program and a reluctance on the part of the [[Barack Obama|Obama administration]] and [[Congress|congressional leaders]] to sharply limit it.<ref name="nsa"/> Unlike a narrowly defeated measure in the [[U.S. House|House]] that would have barred the NSA from spending any money on the program, effectively killing it, Durbin’s proposal would allow it to continue but would require that the agency make public more information on the program, which the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.<ref name="nsa"/>
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"If we value our right for ourselves and our families and our children to be safe, if we value this Constitution, if we value the right of American to enjoy their liberties with reasonable limitations, then we need to return to issues that are of importance," Durbin added later.<ref name="gun"/>
  
The measure would require the agency to report the number of phone records it’s gathered and to make public the details of any other bulk data-collection programs it operates, including when they began, how much they cost and what types of records are being collected, and to list any terrorist plots that the programs have thwarted.<ref name="nsa"/>
 
  
===Specific votes===
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===Controversy===
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====White House and GOP leaders====
{{Support vote}}
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*On October 24, 2013, the White House issued a statement saying “we regret the misunderstanding” about Durbin's account of a meeting between [[U.S. House|House Republicans]] and President [[Barack Obama]].<ref name="misunderstand">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/white-house-durbin-quote-a-misunderstanding-98794.html ''Politico'', "White House: Durbin quote a 'misunderstanding'," accessed October 24, 2013]</ref>
Durbin voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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**“While the quote attributed to a Republican lawmaker in the House GOP meeting with the President is not accurate, there was a miscommunication when the White House read out that meeting to Senate Democrats, and we regret the misunderstanding,” a White House official said in an email.<ref name="misunderstand"/>
  
====Senate Foreign Relations Committee Syria authorization====
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*Durbin posted on his Facebook wall addressing the incident that allegedly occurred during a White House meeting in which a [[Republican]] leader allegedly told Obama: “I cannot even stand to look at you.”<ref name="misunderstand"/> The [[Barack Obama|Obama]] administration refuted the account and the [[Republican|GOP]] called for an apology by Durbin.<ref name="misunderstand"/>
: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Dem Foreign Relations Committee Yes|Name=Durbin}}
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===Senate Judiciary Committee===
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Dick Durbin was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn in on January of 1997 and served until 1999.<ref name="membership">[http://web.archive.org/web/20130513015339/http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/PreviousCommitteeMembership.cfm ''U.S. Senate'', "Senate Judiciary Committee," accessed 2011]</ref> Durbin was re-appointed to the committee in 2001 when the Democrats regained control of the Senate after the 2000 elections.<ref name="membership"/>  The Illinois Senator has been on the committee since then and has continued a long period of representation on the powerful committee for the State of Illinois.<ref name="membership"/>  Former Senator Paul Simon served on the committee from 1985 to 1997 before Dick Durbin became Senator.  The other influential Illinois Senator to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee was Everett Dirksen, who served on the committee from 1955 to 1969.<ref name="membership"/>
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Durbin serves as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. He also serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Crime and Drugs, The Constitution, Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, Terrorism and Homeland Security.<ref>[http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/subcommittees ''United States Senate'', "Senate Judiciary Committee," accessed 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Illinois, 2014]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Illinois, 2014]]''
  
Durbin {{2014isrunning}} for re-election to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2014.
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Durbin {{2014isrunning}} for re-election to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2014.<ref>[http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Senator-Dick-Durbin-Confirms-Run-for-Re-Election-196705381.html ''NBC News,'' "Sen. Durbin Confirms Run for Re-Election," accessed October 8, 2013]</ref> He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on March 18, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
===2008===
 
===2008===
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00004981&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Dick Durbin," accessed April 3, 2013]</ref>
 
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===2014===
 
===2014===
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Durbins's reports.<ref>[http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandidateCommitteeDetail.do#3 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Dick Durbin 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the 2014 elections season. Below are Durbin's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00148999 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Dick Durbin 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 29, 2013]</ref>
  
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===2008===
 
===2008===
  
 
[[File:Dick Durbin 2008 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Durbin's campaign funds before the 2008 election.]]
 
[[File:Dick Durbin 2008 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Durbin's campaign funds before the 2008 election.]]
Durbin won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Durbin's campaign committee raised a total of $11,317,550 and spent $13,112,372 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2008&type=I&cid=N00004981&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Dick Durbin 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011]</ref>
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Durbin won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Durbin's campaign committee raised a total of $11,317,550 and spent $13,112,372 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2008&type=I&cid=N00004981&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Dick Durbin 2008 Election Cycle," accessed November 7, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of four different metrics:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Durbin's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $970,749 and $1,719,742. That averages to '''$1,345,245''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333. Durbin ranked as the 60th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004981&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets'', "Durbin, (D-IL), 2010," accessed 2012]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Durbin's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.</ref> increased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Durbin is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic leader]]," as of June 21, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=300038 ''Gov Track'' "Dick Durbin," Accessed June 21, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Durbin is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic leader]]," as of July 22, 2014. This was the same rating Durbin received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=300038 ''GovTrack'', "Dick Durbin," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/300038_Richard_Durbin ''OpenCongress,'' "Rep. Dick Durbin," Accessed August 2, 2013]</ref>
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/300038_Richard_Durbin ''OpenCongress''m "Rep. Dick Durbin," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
 
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Durbin most often votes with:
 
*{{reddot}} [[Susan Collins]]
 
*{{reddot}} [[Susan Collins]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Dianne Feinstein]]
 
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Durbin least often votes with:
 
Durbin least often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Joe Manchin]]
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Joe Manchin]]
 
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Durbin missed 53 of 5,600 roll call votes from January 1997 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.9 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0% among currently serving senators as of July 2014.<ref>uly 2014[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/richard_durbin/300038 ''GovTrack'', "Dick Durbin," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Durbin paid his congressional staff a total of $2,883,154 in 2011.  He ranked 13th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and  ranked 15th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Illinois]] ranked 9th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/38/Sen_Dick_Durbin.html ''LegiStorm'', "Dick Durbin" accessed 2012]</ref>
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.
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====2013====
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Durbin ranked 19th in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Senate Vote Ratings," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Durbin ranked 3rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
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Durbin ranked 3rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Durbin ranked 3rd in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Durbin ranked 3rd in the liberal rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Voting with party===
 
===Voting with party===
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===Lifetime missed votes===
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==Personal==
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Durbin and his wife, Loretta, had three children, Christine, Jennifer and Paul, as well as one grandchild, Alex. Christine died due to a congenital heart condition on November 1, 2008.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/ ''Chicago Tribune'', "Daughter of Illinois Sen. Durbin dies at 40," accessed October 14, 2011] </ref> They reside in Springfield. Durbin makes approximately 50 round trips a year between Washington and Illinois.<ref name="biography">[http://durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/about ''About Dick Durbin-- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin'', "Senator Durbin's Biography," accessed October 14, 2011]</ref>
 
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Durbin missed 51 of 5,168 roll call votes, which is 1.0% from Jan 1997 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.00%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/richard_durbin/300038 ''GovTrack,'' "Dick Durbin," Accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Durbin paid his congressional staff a total of $2,883,154 in 2011.  He ranks 13th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranks 15th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Illinois]] ranks 9th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/38/Sen_Dick_Durbin.html LegiStorm "Dick Durbin"]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Durbin's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,208,567 and $1,443,564. That averages to $1,326,065, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 20.60% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004981&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Dick Durbin, (D-Ill), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Durbin's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $999,551 and $1,199,549. That averages to $1,099,550, which is lower than  the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004981&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Durbin, (D-IL), 2010"]</ref>
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Durbin and his wife, Loretta, had three children, Christine, Jennifer and Paul, as well as one grandchild, Alex. Christine died on November 1, 2008 due to a congenital heart condition.<ref> [http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/ ''Chicago Tribune.com'' "Daughter of Illinois Sen. Durbin dies at 40" Accessed October 14, 2011] </ref> They currently reside in Springfield. Senator Durbin makes approximately 50 round trips a year between Washington and Illinois.<ref name="biography">[http://durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/about ''About Dick Durbin-- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin'' "Senator Durbin's Biography" Accessed October 14, 2011] </ref>
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[United States Congress]]
 
* [[United States Congress]]
 
* [[United States Senate]]
 
* [[United States Senate]]
* [[United States House of Representatives]]
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*[[Illinois]]
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*[[U.S. Senate delegation from Illinois]]
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*[[United States Senate elections, 2014]]
  
 
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*[http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/dick_durbin/ Collected news and commentary] by Lynn Sweet at the ''Chicago Sun-Times''
 
*[http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/dick_durbin/ Collected news and commentary] by Lynn Sweet at the ''Chicago Sun-Times''
 
*[http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/politics/government/dick-durbin-PEPLT007474.topic Collected news and commentary] at the ''Chicago Tribune'' plus [http://articles.chicagotribune.com/keyword/dick-durbin featured articles]
 
*[http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/politics/government/dick-durbin-PEPLT007474.topic Collected news and commentary] at the ''Chicago Tribune'' plus [http://articles.chicagotribune.com/keyword/dick-durbin featured articles]
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Dick Durbin
Richard Durbin.jpg
U.S. Senate, Illinois
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorPaul M. Simon (D)
Leadership
Senate Majority Whip
January 3, 2007 - Present
Senate Minority Whip
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected1996
Next primaryMarch 18, 2014
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$18,925,881
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House Illinois District 20
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1997
Education
High schoolAssumption High School (1962)
Bachelor'sSchool of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (1966)
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center (1969)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 21, 1944
Place of birthEast St. Louis, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,326,065
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin (b. December 11, 1943, in East St. Louis, IL) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate for the state of Illinois. Durbin serves as the Senate Majority Whip. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996.[1]

Durbin previously was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from District 20 from 1983 to 1997.[1] He attempted a run for the Illinois State Senate in 1976 and for Lieutenant Governor in 1978.

He is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014.[2]

He is a member of the group of senators deemed the "Gang of Eight." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential Senators on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Durbin is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Durbin was born in East St. Louis, IL, in 1943.

  • Education
    • Assumption High School (1962)
    • B.A. School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (1966)
    • J.D. Georgetown University Law Center (1969)

Durbin was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1970, a year after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center. Durbin went on to practice law in Springfield, Illinois.

Durbin attempted a run for the Illinois State Senate in 1976 and for Lieutenant Governor in 1978.

Career

  • 1969-1972: Legal counsel to Illinois Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon
  • 1972-1982: Legal counsel to Illinois State Senate Judiciary Committee
  • 1983-1997: U.S. House of Representatives Illinois, 20th District
  • 1997-Present: U.S. Senate
    • 2005-Present: Senate Democratic Whip
    • 2007-Present: The Democratic Party obtained a majority, making Durbin the Senate Majority Whip.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Durbin serves on the following Senate committees:[4][5]

  • United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Members
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
  • United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
    • Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
    • Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Chair
  • United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
  • Foreign Relations Committee
    • The Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues
    • The Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps
    • The Subcommittee on European Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on African Affairs

2011-2012

  • United States Senate Committee on Appropriations[6]
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (Chairman)
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations[6]
    • Subcommittee on African Affairs
    • Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues
    • Subcommittee on European Affairs
    • Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection
  • United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary[6]
    • Subcommittee on the Constitution
    • Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law (Chairman)

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Durbin's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

Committee vote on Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Voted "Yes" On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria. It was approved by a 10-7 vote.[9][10]

The vote came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.[9]

Of the nine Democratic members and eight Republican members that made up the committee, seven Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor, while five Republicans and two Democrats opposed the authorization.[11] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Durbin was one of the seven Democrats who approved the authorization.[12]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Durbin voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[13]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[14] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in if or when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Durbin joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Durbin voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[16][17]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Durbin voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[20]

Statement on government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Discussing the possibility of a government shutdown, Durbin said on September 26, 2013,“If the House decides over the weekend come Friday, Saturday, whatever it is, that they’re going to give us a new bill to consider in the Senate: That is a concession on their part that we are going to shut down the government. A clean CR is the only way to meet this deadline."[21]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Durbin voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[13]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "Yes" Durbin voted in favor of the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[13] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Durbin was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[13]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Durbin voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[13]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Durbin voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[13]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Durbin voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Dick Durbin's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Durbin is a Moderate Liberal. Durbin received a score of 36 percent on social issues and 64 percent on economic issues.[23]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[24]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[23]

National security

NSA programs

Durbin announced on August 2, 2013, that the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved a measure that would require the NSA to make public declarations about its program.[25] Durbin, who is the assistant Senate majority leader and the chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said the measure was inserted into a Defense Department spending bill.[25] A spokesman for Durbin called it the first legislative action a congressional committee has approved since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s data collection program.[25]

Durbin’s measure struck a balance between a growing call for curbs on the NSA program and a reluctance on the part of the Obama administration and congressional leaders to sharply limit it.[25] Unlike a narrowly defeated measure in the House that would have barred the NSA from spending any money on the program, effectively killing it, Durbin’s proposal would allow it to continue but would require that the agency make public more information on the program, which the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.[25]

The measure requires the agency to report the number of phone records it gathered and to make public the details of any other bulk data-collection programs it operates, including when they began, how much they cost and what types of records are being collected and to list any terrorist plots that the programs have thwarted.[25]

Immigration

Reduce deportations

  • Durbin urged Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other administration officials in March 2014 to reduce the number of deportations of immigrants who are in the country illegally.[26]
    • “If we’re dealing with strictly technical violations of immigration law, I don’t believe they should be deported. If there’s a criminal record, it’s totally different,” Durbin said.[26]

Gang of Eight

Durbin is a member of the group of senators deemed the "Gang of Eight." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential Senators on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.[3] The group called for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration legislation that are included as their "four basic pillars":

  • 1. A “tough but fair path to citizenship . . . .contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country as required”;
  • 2. Reform our legal immigration system with a greater eye toward our economic needs;
  • 3. Workplace verification; and
  • 4. Setting up a system for admitting future workers (although the term “guest worker” is not used).[27]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Durbin voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[13]

Gun control

Following the September 16, 2013, shooting at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard, Durbin introduced the possibility of debate over gun control reform.[28] During a Senate floor speech, Durbin said that Americans agree that some "common sense" changes are needed to prevent mentally ill people from obtaining firearms.[28]

"Those sorts of things might have been warning signals. Questions are raised: How can a man with that kind of a background end up getting the necessary security clearance for a military contractor to go into this Navy Yard, to be permitted to go into this Navy Yard? How did he get these weapons into the Navy Yard?" Durbin said.[28]

"If we value our right for ourselves and our families and our children to be safe, if we value this Constitution, if we value the right of American to enjoy their liberties with reasonable limitations, then we need to return to issues that are of importance," Durbin added later.[28]


Controversy

White House and GOP leaders

  • On October 24, 2013, the White House issued a statement saying “we regret the misunderstanding” about Durbin's account of a meeting between House Republicans and President Barack Obama.[29]
    • “While the quote attributed to a Republican lawmaker in the House GOP meeting with the President is not accurate, there was a miscommunication when the White House read out that meeting to Senate Democrats, and we regret the misunderstanding,” a White House official said in an email.[29]
  • Durbin posted on his Facebook wall addressing the incident that allegedly occurred during a White House meeting in which a Republican leader allegedly told Obama: “I cannot even stand to look at you.”[29] The Obama administration refuted the account and the GOP called for an apology by Durbin.[29]

Senate Judiciary Committee

Dick Durbin was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn in on January of 1997 and served until 1999.[30] Durbin was re-appointed to the committee in 2001 when the Democrats regained control of the Senate after the 2000 elections.[30] The Illinois Senator has been on the committee since then and has continued a long period of representation on the powerful committee for the State of Illinois.[30] Former Senator Paul Simon served on the committee from 1985 to 1997 before Dick Durbin became Senator. The other influential Illinois Senator to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee was Everett Dirksen, who served on the committee from 1955 to 1969.[30]

Durbin serves as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. He also serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Crime and Drugs, The Constitution, Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, Terrorism and Homeland Security.[31]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Illinois, 2014

Durbin is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014.[32] He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on March 18, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Durbin won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Steve Sauerberg (R), Kathy Cummings (G), Larry A. Stafford (L), Chad N. Koppie (I) and Patricia Elaine Beard (I) in the general election.[33]


U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard J. Durbin Incumbent 67.8% 3,615,844
     Republican Steve Sauerberg 28.5% 1,520,621
     Green Kathy Cummings 2.2% 119,135
     Libertarian Larry A. Stafford 0.9% 50,224
     Constitution Party of Illinois Chad N. Koppie 0.5% 24,059
     Independent Patricia Elaine Beard 0% 1
Total Votes 5,329,884

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Durbin is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Durbin raised a total of $18,925,881 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[36]

Dick Durbin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (Illinois) Won $11,317,550
2002 U.S. Senate (Illinois) Won $7,608,331
Grand Total Raised $18,925,881

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Durbin's reports.[37]

Dick Durbin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]July 17, 2013$2,590,707.97$736,166.29$(98,773.76)$3,228,100.50
July Quarterly[39]July 18, 2013$3,228,100.50$1,276,377.58$(248,330.72)$4,256,147.36
October Quarterly[40]October 13, 2013$4,256,147.36$876,176.52$(269,967.15)$4,862,356.73
Year-end[41]January 31, 2014$4,862,356$967,454$(275,601)$5,554,209
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$5,554,209$476,537$(90,878)$6,062,115
Running totals
$4,332,711.39$(983,550.63)

2008

Breakdown of the source of Durbin's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Durbin won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Durbin's campaign committee raised a total of $11,317,550 and spent $13,112,372 .[43]


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Durbin's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $970,749 and $1,719,742. That averages to $1,345,245, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333. Durbin ranked as the 60th most wealthy senator in 2012.[44] Between 2004 and 2012, Durbin's calculated net worth[45] increased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[46]

Dick Durbin Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$1,227,514
2012$1,345,245
Growth from 2004 to 2012:10%
Average annual growth:1%[47]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Durbin is a "moderate Democratic leader," as of July 22, 2014. This was the same rating Durbin received in June 2013.[49]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[50]

Durbin most often votes with:

Durbin least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Durbin missed 53 of 5,600 roll call votes from January 1997 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.9 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0% among currently serving senators as of July 2014.[51]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Durbin paid his congressional staff a total of $2,883,154 in 2011. He ranked 13th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 15th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranked 9th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2013

Durbin ranked 19th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[53]

2012

Durbin ranked 3rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[54]

2011

Durbin ranked 3rd in the liberal rankings in 2011.[55]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Durbin voted with the Democratic Party 96.9 percent of the time, which ranked 11th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[56]

2013

Durbin voted with the Democratic Party 96.9 percent of the time, which ranked 10th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[57]

Personal

Durbin and his wife, Loretta, had three children, Christine, Jennifer and Paul, as well as one grandchild, Alex. Christine died due to a congenital heart condition on November 1, 2008.[58] They reside in Springfield. Durbin makes approximately 50 round trips a year between Washington and Illinois.[59]

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Paul M. Simon
U.S. Senate - Illinois
1997-Present
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U.S. House - Illinois, District 20
1983-1997
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